10 Best Savannah Seafood Restaurants: Fresh From the Docks, Straight to Your Plate

Nestled just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean and dissected by numerous rivers and waterways, Savannah is a seafood lover's paradise, with fresh, delicious fish and shellfish available all over the city.

For a traditional seafood experience, head out to Tybee Island and grab a seat at the Crab Shack, a longtime favorite that specializes in peel-and-eat shrimp, crabs and oysters. Other Tybee Island favorites include A-J’s Dockside, Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp, StingRays Restaurant and CoCo’s Sunset Café.

Those who don’t feel like venturing out of Savannah’s Historic District will find a nice selection of eateries with extensive seafood menus within easy walking distance. The Olde Pink House, one of the city’s finest dining establishments, has dozens of seafood options, among them seafood platters, shrimp and grits, blackened oysters and crispy fried lobster tails. Several River Street eateries also serve up great seafood, including Barracuda Bob’s Bar and Grill, the River House, Bernie’s Oyster House, the Shrimp Factory and Tubby’s Tankhouse.

Some of the city’s best seafood restaurants are located away from the hustle and bustle of Tybee and Downtown Savannah. Favorites include popular Sandfly restaurant Driftaway Café and Pearl’s Saltwater Grille, a Savannah gem that overlooks the Herb River. Other local favorites include Russo’s Seafood Restaurant in Midtown and Tortugas Island Grill in Thunderbolt.

This River Street staple, which is housed in a restored 18th-century cotton warehouse, has been a favorite among locals and visitors for 30 years. The menu is chock-full of seafood, from lobster bisque and peel-and-eat shrimp to crab cakes and...  Read More

This popular Tybee seafood restaurant overlooking the island's Back River is a favorite among locals, who sometimes come by boat, dock and dine. A-J's offers both indoor and outdoor seating and features a good selection of seafood dishes,...  Read More

Just like the palm tree and lounging turtle in its logo suggest, Tortugas Island Grille, located on the Intracoastal Waterway in the small town of Thunderbolt, feels like a tropical oasis. The indoor/outdoor eatery features Caribbean- and...  Read More

This roadside eatery near the entrance to Tybee Beach offers a mouthwatering selection of pork, ribs, beef brisket and more. But the casual restaurant's stand-out dish is fried shrimp. The freshly caught shrimp are piping hot, perfectly crispy...  Read More

Russo's Seafood has been Savannah's premier seafood market since 1946. So when the market expanded and opened a restaurant a few years ago, locals flocked to the small eatery, which is located adjacent to the fish market, to sample the freshest...  Read More

This two-story eatery, which enjoys a prime spot on Savannah's historic River Street, has received rave reviews from diners for its top-notch service, outstanding cuisine and lovely ambiance. Favorite seafood dishes include shrimp and grits,...  Read More

Olde Pink House

Legend has it that several ghosts haunt the 18th-century Georgian mansion that is home to the Olde Pink House. While it may be tempting to be on the lookout for those rumored spirits, diners will undoubtedly be distracted by the excellent food...  Read More

Pearl's Saltwater Grille
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Tucked away from Savannah's commercial and historic districts, Pearl's Saltwater Grill is a top-notch seafood restaurant with great food, a lovely view of the Herb River and good service. One of the best parts of a Pearl's meal is in the very...  Read More

Located in the trendy Sandfly neighborhood near Isle of Hope, Driftaway Cafe serves up seafood in a cozy atmosphere that features a surprisingly lush landscape with a quaint stream. The restaurant boasts a great selection of appetizers,...  Read More

This Tybee seafood restaurant is one of the best places in town to enjoy mouthwatering platters of seafood while taking in scenic views of the area's waterways. A casual restaurant with ample indoor and outdoor seating, the Crab Shack is a...  Read More


Meet Amy Pine

Amy's thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of Savannah with the world. A Savannah native, Amy has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and editor, and her work has appeared...  More About Amy

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